Installing Sterling B2B Integrator

Sterling B2B Integrator can be installed either by members of IBM® Consulting Services, or your system administrator.

DMZ Considerations

You can install Sterling B2B Integrator so that different components are installed on different machines.

The processing engine (Business Process Engine) must be installed in your most secure local-area network (LAN) in order to efficiently process your mission critical data.

However, you can install some components in your DMZ (demilitarized zone), which is a computer or small subnetwork that operates between a trusted internal network, such as a corporate private LAN, and an untrusted external network, such as the public Internet). Typically, a DMZ contains devices accessible to Internet traffic, such as Web (HTTP) servers, FTP servers, SMTP (e-mail) servers, and DNS servers, as well as a perimeter server for security.

Sterling B2B Integrator components installed in the DMZ are typically communication adapters that act as HTTP servlets interfacing with the Business Process Engine inside your LAN. Communication channels are opened only from the secure LAN to the DMZ, and all the data traveling through the DMZ is encrypted.

Any or all of the Sterling B2B Integrator components can also reside on the same computer, if your network does not have a DMZ.